FIRE RESTRICTIONS: - Fire Season in Effect.
FIRE RESTRICTIONS: - Regulated Closure Begins July 1
IFPL Map MH1 IFPL: - IFPL 1 In Effect MH4 IFPL: - IFPL 1 In Effect
ADDITIONAL INDUSTRIAL FIRE PRECAUTIONS: - Not in Effect

Thursday, June 23, 2022

ODF's Central Oregon District

Fire Season Declared for ODF’s Central Oregon District:  Additional Wildfire Prevention Restrictions to be Implemented

[Prineville, Ore.] The Dalles and John Day units of Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Central Oregon District will enter fire season at 12:01 a.m., June 27, 2022.  This declaration includes private and non-federal public lands in Hood River, Wasco, Grant, Wheeler, Gilliam, Harney, and Morrow counties protected by ODF; the Prineville-Sisters Unit (Crook, Jefferson, and Deschutes counties) declared fire season June 13, 2022.

Activities prohibited during fire season include smoking in forest operation areas, blasting without a permit, use of exploding targets and tracer ammunition.  Backyard debris burning, including burn barrels are prohibited, except in Hood River County where the Burn Ban will go into effect on July 1, 2022.  In addition to these restrictions forest operations are required to follow the following prevention guidelines:

·       firefighting tools and fire extinguishers on-site

·       power saws must be equipped with a spark arrester and additional restrictions must be followed during use

·       vehicles used in the operation must have a firefighting tool and fire extinguisher

·       fire truck/water wagon on site

·       fire watch

A full description of all Fire Season restrictions is available at www.oregon.gov/odf. These guidelines are intended to reduce the risk of fire ignition, quickly detect fires, and allow for a swift suppression response.

In addition to the on-set of Fire Season in The Dalles Unit, MH-4 (west of Hwy 35 in Hood River County) and MH-1 (east of Hwy 35 in Hood River and Wasco counties) will move into Industrial Fire Precaution Level 1.  Included in these restrictions is the use of fire or power-driven machinery in any forest operation unless in compliance with all fire prevention requirements (ORS Chapter 477 and OAR Chapter 629 Divisions 41 to 43).  A one-hour fire watch is required after all forest operations, unless waived.


Recent cool, moist weather is transitioning to warmer temperatures with limited potential for precipitation in the forecast.  This seasonal weather pattern, combined with existing long-term drought conditions increases the risk of rapid fire spread.  The Central Oregon District will implement Regulated-Use Closure, intended to reduce potential wildfire starts by restricting activities associated with fire ignitions. 

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. July 1, 2022, the following restrictions will be in effect:

·       Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads.

·       Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except in designated areas. The use of portable appliances such as camp stoves and fire pits using liquified or bottled fuels are allowed in clear areas free of flammable vegetation. The following is required where open fires and appliances are allowed; one shovel and one gallon of water or one 2 ½ pound fire extinguisher.

·       Chainsaw use is prohibited, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.  Chainsaw use is permitted at all other hours, if the following firefighting equipment is present with each operating saw: one axe, one shovel, and one operational 8 ounce or larger fire extinguisher. In addition, a fire watch is required at least one hour following the use of each saw.

·       Cutting, grinding, and welding of metal is prohibited between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. At all other times the area is to be cleared of flammable vegetation and the following fire equipment is required: one axe, one shovel, and one operational 2 ½ pound or larger fire extinguisher in good working order.

·       Use of motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, is prohibited, except on improved roads and except for vehicle use by a landowner and employees of the landowner upon their own land while conducting activities associated with their livelihood.

·       Possession of the following firefighting equipment is required while traveling in a motorized vehicle, except on federal and state highways, county roads and driveways: one shovel and one gallon of water or one operational 2½ pound or larger fire extinguisher, except all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles which must be equipped with an approved spark arrestor in good working condition.

·       Mowing of dried grass with power driven equipment is prohibited, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., except for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.

·       Use of fireworks is prohibited.

·       Blasting is prohibited.

·       Any electric fence controller in use shall be: 1) Listed be a nationally recognized testing laboratory or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services; and 2) Operated in compliance with manufacturer’s instructions.

Additional restrictions, a map, and the official proclamation can be found at www.Oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx.

For additional information on ODF’s Central Oregon District, including contact information and unit offices, please visit www.ODFcentraloregon.com.

Friday, June 10, 2022

Debris Burning in Wasco and Hood River Counties Closing to Reduce Risks of Wildfire

[The Dalles, Ore.] Debris burning is the leading cause of wildfires across Oregon, already accounting for seventy percent of the fires this year in the Central Oregon District.  These fires damage natural resources and threaten homes and communities.  Oregon Department of Forestry’s The Dalles Unit closed burning of forest slash in April and burning of debris piles in Wasco County closed on May 15 to help reduce the risk of uncontrolled fires. 

Wasco County and fire districts within, will be implementing a county wide burn ban effective June 15, 2022.  This ban includes open burning such as yard debris and burn barrels and is intended to prevent wildfires.  Hood River County plans to implement their seasonal burn ban July 1, 2022.  Burn bans are imposed based on current conditions, long-term forecasts, as well as historic weather patterns and fuel conditions.

Fire managers welcome the recent rain, but caution landowners that warm temperatures and dry periods quickly dry fine vegetative fuel, making it receptive to fire starts.  Fire burning in these fine fuels quickly spreads to both live vegetation and larger fuels which have low fuel moisture due to underlying long-term drought conditions.  Any landowner who has burned this spring should revisit their burn site to ensure there is no fire or heat remaining, which could spread to adjacent fuels as seasonal weather returns.  It is not uncommon for piles that were burned months ago to have residual heat in them that can cause big problems.  Warm temperatures, combined with wind can easily rekindle piles and spread embers outside a burn area.

“We are concerned that recent rain will give landowners a false sense of the risks involved with burning at this time,” says Kristin Dodd, The Dalles Unit Forester.

Alternatives to burning, such as chipping or disposal at a local landfill are encouraged.  If burning is the only option, cover the material and plan to burn later this fall after fire season ends and fall rains have reduced the potential for wildfires.

Counties and local fire departments may have additional restrictions in place.  Check restrictions in your local area to help prevent wildfires.

For additional information on ODF’s Central Oregon District, including contact information and unit offices, please visit www.ODFcentraloregon.com.

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Fire Season Declared for Oregon Department of Forestry’s Prineville-Sisters Unit

[Prineville, Ore.] The Prineville-Sisters Unit of Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Central Oregon District will enter fire season at 12:01 a.m., June 13, 2022.  Lands protected by ODF in Jefferson, Crook, and Deschutes counties are affected by this declaration, this includes private and non-federal public lands.  ODF protected lands in The Dalles and John Day units are not included at this time.

“We are monitoring conditions closely across the other units of the Central Oregon District so we can implement Fire Season and other restrictions to prevent wildfires and protect natural resources,” explains Gordon Foster, Assistant District Forester.

Implementation of Fire Season is determined by monitoring fuel conditions, fire behavior, long term weather forecasts, and fire activity in the area. Underlying long term drought conditions in central Oregon have not been mitigated by recent rainstorms.  Light fuels quickly dry in windy and warm conditions, increasing the rapid spread of fire.

Activities prohibited during fires season include smoking in forest operation areas, blasting without a permit, use of exploding targets and tracer ammunition.  Backyard debris burning, including burn barrels are prohibited.  In addition to these restrictions forest operations are required to follow the following prevention guidelines:

·       firefighting tools and fire extinguishers on-site

·       power saws must be equipped with a spark arrester and additional restrictions must be followed during use

·       vehicles used in the operation must have a firefighting tool and fire extinguisher

·       fire truck/water wagon on site

·       fire watch

A full description of all Fire Season restrictions is available at www.oregon.gov/odf. These guidelines are intended to reduce the risk of fire ignition, quickly detect fires, and allow for a swift suppression response.

Counties and local fire departments may have additional restrictions in place.  Check restrictions in your local area to help prevent wildfires.

For additional information on ODF’s Central Oregon District, including contact information and unit offices, please visit www.ODFcentraloregon.com.